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EU Center Newsletter Summer 2013

 

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Newsletter of the European Union Center of Excellence
at UC Berkeley

Directors’ Note

Dear EU Studies Community,

Welcome to the tenth semiannual newsletter of the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley! We had a very active spring semester, replete with conferences and workshops, lectures and panel discussions, outreach events, and visiting scholars, all engaging diverse issues relating to EU history and policy-making.

In this issue we feature an essay by Ph.D. candidate at University of Minnesota, Ursula Dalinghaus. Ms. Dalinghaus outlines the central engagement of her dissertation, in which she explores the mutual entanglements of the EU’s monetary policies and Europe’s political identity from an anthropological perspective. We also feature two in-house interviews with visiting scholars Norbert Finzch and Natasa Besirevic, who discuss their research on genocide studies and Western Balkans accession, respectively.

In Spring 2013 we were pleased to sponsor and cosponsor seven major faculty conferences and workshops addressing the center’s core thematic areas, including lectures by scholars, professionals, and foreign dignitaries; an educator outreach workshop; the UC-Claremont Undergraduate Conference on the European Union; and the 2013 Western Graduate Research Conference on the European Union. Highlights from selected programs are presented in this issue. As part of our efforts to extend Center expertise beyond the campus and cultivate working ties with other institutions engaged in EU studies, EUCE Codirectors Beverly Crawford and Jeffrey Pennington engaged in a variety of outreach activities in Spring 2013. Professor Crawford spent two weeks at the University of Birmingham, where she lectured on EU foreign policy, advised graduate students, and consulted with political scientists on a project about historical memory in Europe. She also participated in a panel on EU foreign policy at the EU Association of the US, as part of the EU-Global research exchange partnership the Center holds with four other institutions in Turkey, Cologne, and the US. Mr. Pennington served as faculty discussant at the UC-Claremont Undergraduate Conference, on a panel titled EU Accession: The Turkish Case; and participated in the annual summer trip to Brussels that the Center offers to winners of the top three papers at the conference. Finally, we are pleased to welcome Branislav Radeljic as visiting scholar in summer 2013. Professor Radeljić arrives from the University of East London. During his stay in Berkeley he will be working on a new book project and an undergraduate course on European Union politics.

As always, we invite you to visit our website for the latest up-to-date information about EU Center activities and research, extended reports on individual events, and funding opportunities. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the EU Center directly by email at eucenter@berkelely.edu or by phone at (510) 643-4558. 

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, in AY 2013-14!

Beverly Crawford, EUCE Codirector
Jeff Pennington, EUCE Codirector

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Features

The Euro in the Making
Ursula Dalinghaus, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota

Whenever things are going badly for the euro currency, one hears the refrain that the euro is, after all, a “political” project. Yet precisely as a monetary instrument, the euro should create a European political identity because people use it on a daily basis. It is true that the division of labor between the technical management of money and the political ideas that animate it often seem like separate matters. But, the euro project highlights particularly well their mutual entanglements. If monetary policy is ultimately about building and maintaining trust in a currency, then it is productive to think about how economic, political, and cultural claims are always already making any particular currency. Click here to read the complete essay. 

Conversation with Norbert Finzsch
2012-13 IES Visiting Scholar; Professor of History and Chair of the Department for North American History, University of Cologne

Click here to read the conversation. 

Conversation with Natasa Besirevic
EU Center Visiting Fellow (American Councils Junior Faculty Development Program; Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Zagreb

Click here to read the conversation.

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Spring 2013 Event Highlights
Click here for the full listing of Spring 2013 events.

educator workshopFifth Annual Educator Workshop on the European Union

On February 9th, 2013, the Center welcomed eighteen educators from secondary schools and community colleges in Northern and Central California to the 2013 professional development workshop on the European Union. In response to requests from previous attendees, this year’s event was extended from half a day to nearly a full day of lectures and discussions with UC Berkeley scholars on an array of topics relating to EU history and policy-making. The workshop opened with a talk by Professor of Law Stavros Gadinis, who traced the increased politicization of European financial regulation after the economic crisis. Norbert Finszch, Professor of History at University of Cologne and Visiting Scholar with the Institute of European Studies (IES), followed with a thought-provoking discussion of the definition of genocide; in it he traced the history and politics surrounding its formation, and argued that the definition of genocide today excludes far too many instances, historical and contemporary, of violence against social groups deserving of the protection it offers. An extended version of Prof. Finzsch’s argument can be read in the interview featured in this issue. Dr. Natasa Besirevic, Visiting Scholar at the EU Center and Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), analyzed the challenges involved in democratizing Croatia for accession to the European Union, and the implications of the process for other Western Balkan States. Jannika Kremer, recipient of the Center’s Fellowship for research leading to a senior thesis, closed the workshop with a case study that illustrated these challenges on the ground, in an analysis of Macedonia’s efforts to align its waste management efforts with EU waste regulation policy. We were delighted to host educators from diverse teaching contexts, many of whom also drove long distances to participate in the workshop, and to hear from many that not only were individual topics illuminating, their presentation also rendered them broadly applicable to a wide range of areas in secondary school and community college curricula. 
To read selected educator comments click here. 

Public Panel: Comparative Affirmative Action Law

antidiscriminationSince 2011, the EU Center has supported annual conferences organized by the Berkeley Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group, an organization of legal scholars, practicing lawyers and activists from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, who share an interest in comparing the approaches of different legal systems to the problems of discrimination. The group meets regularly by video conference to discuss new cases, and meets annually to exchange and discuss scholarly papers. The first annual conference took place at the Institut d'études Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) in May 2012. The second conference took place at the Berkeley Law School in April 2013.

On April 5th, the 2013 conference closed with a public panel titled Comparative Affirmative Action Law. Moderated by Ian Haney-Lopez of the Berkeley Law School, it featured speakers Gareth Davies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Alvaro Oliveira (Equal Treatment Legislation Unit, European Commission), David Oppenheimer (Berkeley Law), John Powell (Berkeley Law & Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society) and Belinda Smith (University of Sydney School of Law), who each addressed issues relating to affirmative action law in their home jurisdictions. To read a summary of the panel presentations, click here.

The Future of the Euro: Lessons from History

On April 16, the Center cosponsored together with the Institute of European Studies, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, and the Austrian National Bank a conference exploring what history might be able to teach us about the options for a eurozone characterized by divergence between a rich, competitive core and an impoverished, uncompetitive periphery, as well as the institutional options that might be necessary for stability and growth in Europe as a whole. To read an extended report on the conference, click here

Remaking the European City: Amsterdam, Globalization, And Street Art

lindnerOn April 23, the Center welcomed Christoph Lindner, visiting scholar (Professor of Media and Culture; Director, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam) sponsored by the Dutch Studies Program, to speak about the relationship between public art and the forces of globalization. The issues raised in this talk are part of an emerging project that explores what happens when art in public places strategically decelerates, disrupts, rerouts, or even stops movement flow or interaction in the context of a globalizing city. Professor Lindner focused his discussion on two street art projects that were realized in 2012 as part of urban renewal initiatives in Amsterdam. As examples of what he termed 'slow art', these projects enact two different but interrelated trends taking place in cities across Europe. To read a summary of the talk click here

Moving Europe 

In Fall 2012, the Center awarded a Faculty Research Grant to Deniz Göktürk (German Department, UC Berkeley) for the development of a research forum titled Moving Europe. The forum aims to expand and complement the Multicultural Germany Project and Multicultural Netherlands, in order to generate a larger theoretical umbrella that conceptualizes contemporary EU policies regulating mobility and migration with regard to regimes of audiovisual representation. In Spring 2013, this project was launched with two lively panel discussions featuring talks by scholars from UC Berkeley and Europe. To read a summary of the discussions, click here

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EUCE 2013 Student Research Grants Awarded

Each year the Center awards grants for research on the European Union conducted by graduate and undergraduate students working throughout the UC system. In Spring 2013, three graduate predissertation/dissertation fellowships and one undergraduate research grant were awarded to: 

Karen Andrade, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley
Project Title: The European Science Shop Model: Its Role as a Facilitator and Potential Application at UC

Alexandre Beliaev, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Project Title: Following Politics: Russian Youth Activism in Post-Socialism Latvia

Rebecca Feinberg, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Project Title: You Are Who You Eat: Consumption and Community in Multiethnic Italy

Leah Samuel, Departments of Economics and International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley
Project Title: Spain and the Eurozone: Effects of the 2012 Bailouts on Spanish Banking Structures

To read project descriptions click here

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“EU-Global” - International Research Staff Exchange

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On April 8-9, 2013, the center was pleased to welcome Professor Murat Barkan, Rector of Yasar University (Izmir/Turkey) and Dr. Ayselin Yildiz, Director of of the YU EU Center to Berkeley. This visit took place within the context of the 7th Framework Marie Curie Programme project titled “Transatlantic Perspectives In A Changing Global Context: Multulateralism Through Regionalism (EU-Global)” - a joint international research project involving UC Berkeley, University of Pittsburgh, University of Cologne (Germany), Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and Yasar University. The project aims to establish and strengthen long-term research partnerships by fostering the mobility of researchers who study global security and governance with a transatlantic focus.

Professor Barkan and Dr. Yildiz met with EUCE Co-directors Beverly Crawford and Jeff Pennington to discuss project details and timeline, as well as new possibilities for cooperation between Yasar and Berkeley. They were joined by two scholars from the University of Cologne: Nicole Ahlern is the first researcher seconded to UC Berkeley, and Wulf Reiners is seconded to the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Barkan and Dr. Yildiz also met with Professor Renate Holub (Chair of UC Berkeley's Interdisciplinary Studies Program), who is a faculty affiliate of the EU-Global project. At this meeting, they discussed ideas for institutional collaboration, and Professor Barkan shared a presentation titled “The Internationalization of Higher Education at a Global Scale.”

 

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Selected Faculty Publications 2012-13

Vinod Aggarwal (and Kristi Govella)Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States (New York: Springer, 2013).

Chris Ansell, “Improving Pandemic Response: A Sensemaking perspective on the Spring 2009 H1N1 Pandemic,” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, Vol 3 (2), 2012.

---“The Promise and Challenge of Global Network Governance: The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network,” Global Governance, Jul-Sept 2012, Vol. 18, Issue 3, 317.

Beverly Crawford, “The Most Important Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next President,” European Union Institute for Security Studies (ISS) online forum

J. Bradford Delong (and Lawrence Summers), “Fiscal Policy in a Depressed Economy,” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, n. 1 (2012), 233-72.

Jeroen DewulfShifting the Compass: Pluticontinental Connections in Dutch Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2013).

---, “When Oyono’s ‘boy’ Speaks Dutch: Two Readings in One Language,” Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, 128, no. 1 (2013 Jan), 112-18.

---, "Switzerland: A Nation of Immigrants? On the Reinvention of National Identity in Contemporary Swiss Literature," in Neighbors and Neighborhoods: Living Together in the German-Speaking World(Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).

Barry Eichengreen, “Currency War or International Policy Coordination?,” Journal of Policy Modeling, 2013.

Barry Eichengreen, et al., “Growth Slowdowns Redux: New Evidence on the Middle-Income Trap,” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series, no. 18673.

Barry Eichengreen, et al., “History, Gravity and International Finance,” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series, no. 18697.

Barry Eichengreen, et al., The World in Depression, 1929-1939, 40th anniversary edition (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973, 2013).

Neil Fligstein (and Alina Polyakova), “European Integration, Nationalism, and European Identity,” Journal of Common Market Studies, March 2012,  Vol. 50.

Stavros Gadinis, “From Independence to Politics in Financial Regulation,” California Law Review, April 2013, Vol. 101 Issue 2, 327.

Deniz Göktürk, “World Cinema Goes Digital: Looking at Europe,” MLA International Bibliography, 2012.

--- (and Nicholas Baer), “Foreword: Orienting Europe,” Transit, Vol. 8, no. 1.

Katerina LinosThe Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion: How Health, Family and Employment Laws Spread Across Countries (Oxford; New York: Oxford University press, 2013).

Philip Martin, “Attracting Highly Skilled Migrants: US Experience and Lessons for the EU,” Migration Policy Centre: CARIM-India Research Report, 2012, http://www.migrationpolicycentre.eu/.

---, “Managing Migration and Integration: Europe and the US,” Institute of European Studies Working Paper Series, March 2012.

--- (with Christiane Kuptsch), “Low-Skilled Labor Migration,” Global Migration Governance, Alexander Betts, ed. (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

David Oppenheimer (and Sheila Foster)Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law: Cases, Codes, Constitutions, and Commentary (New York: Foundation Press Thomson/West, 2012).

--- (and Mike Edwards)Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn’t Work at All Works So Well(Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2012).

David Vogel, Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation: The Shifting Roles of the EU, the US and California(Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013).

Jason Wittenberg, “How Similar Are They? Rethinking Electoral Congruence,” Quality and Quantity, vol. 47 no. 3 (2013).

---Crucibles of Political Loyalty: Church Institutions and Electoral Continuity in Hungary (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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